Column: Make the change: Update your deck
“MASSIVE” is an accurate description of a recent Carmel deck project. As well as “livable,” “stunning” and “incredible retreat!”
The immediate feedback is as we hoped. The joyful homeowners are commenting how it has dramatically changed how they live. If it’s nice outside, they are outside appreciating all that life has to offer. Sitting at the table, in the hot tub, or nestled in a private lounging area, the options are ambitious. It’s an imaginative discussion we have often and most of our designs are driven towards that thriving objective.
We employed a diverse set of materials to pull the project together. Premium pressure treated pine was selected for the decking. Today’s premium pine is NOT the tired material that has been used for decades. Its thicker girth commands a beefier feel under foot. It has a low propensity for splintering or warping and there are minimal knots.
A sleek handrail is contrasted with black aluminum spindles that seem to disappear, a critical feature for this leafy backyard landscape that we were fortunate to impact with long curvilinear lines and large swathes of groundcover. Steps are wide, deep, generous and rooted with a formal blue stone landing at the lawn under mature hemlocks.
HOT TUB, PRIVACY, PERGOLA
The pictured hot tub is resting in the side retreat area with stately lounge chairs nearby for the ultimate in relaxation. A simple, but elegant, privacy panel was constructed to command immediate intimacy and blends well with the rest of the space.
Notice the pergola growing over a transition living space? Premium cedar was used with serious dimensioned lumber to help tame the mid-afternoon sun. The pergola helps drive the “sense of space” that’s imperative with large patios and decks and serves as the ceiling in the outdoor room.